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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (PRESEASON)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014
TRINITY WESTERN (84) VS UBC OKANAGAN (76)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS HOLD OFF LATE RALLY TO GET THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western University women’s basketball team improved to a perfect 3-0 in pre-season play with a resilient 84-76 win over the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.
“We bent but didn’t break tonight. Every year you get a new mix of players and you have to figure out who you are. This team just has a different mindset. They refuse to be put in a situation that they cannot come back from,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “There were ample opportunities for us to give up, but they just chose not to and I’m really proud of that mind set as it is a change of culture for us. There is a refusal to lose combined with an action to make it happen.”
“When they chose to do things well and execute we are right there. It’s just a matter of doing those things for longer stretches of time. “
Trinity Western looked to have the game will in hand with a 71-55 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but foul trouble and a strong push by the Heat made the final three minutes interesting as TWU held on for the eight point win.
The Spartans were the better shooting team as they finished the game shooting 46.3 percent (31-67), while the Heat finished at 38 percent (27-71).
TWU held a 10 point 46-36 lead at the half time break, but were able take control of the game through the third quarter when they jumped out to a 17 point lead, 59-42, with 5:21 remaining in the quarter.
Rookie guard Jessica Brown with 18 points, four rebounds, forward Kayla Gordon with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, guard Chantelle Martin with 13 points and forward Kristen Ford with 12 points and six rebounds led the Spartans. While the Heat had strong games from Jessica Jazarehee with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Emily Kanester and Sarah Allison with each notching 11 points in the loss.
Next up for the Spartans is Queen’s University on Oct. 18. Game time at the Langley Events Centre is set for 6 p.m. PST.
Next up for the Spartans are the Queen’s University Gaels. TWU will host the OUA team on Oct. 18. The Spartans start Canada West conference play on Oct. 31 against Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Game Notes: TWU finished with 25 turnovers, while UBC-O finished with 20…49 fouls were called in the game, with the Spartans Gordon and point guard Luca Schmidt both fouling out of the game…